Hindu Scriptures and Holy Books | Hinduism Facts

BhagvadgitaHindu scriptures and holy books are divided mainly into two categories viz Sruti and Smriti. Sruti literally means “that what is revealed” and Smriti means “that what is remembered.” Hence, Sruti is what ancient Hindu saints heard during deep meditation. Sruti belongs to the Vedic period while Smriti belongs to post-Vedic period. Srutis are more philosophical and ritualistic in nature whilst Smritis are concerned more with the moral and civil law.

Sruti consists of four Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Bhagavadgita while Smriti consists of Manu Smriti, 18 Puranas, Ramayana, and Mahabharata and other Hindu holy books. Smriti literature is considered less authoritative than Sruti.

We are trying to list out here as many Hindu scriptures and books as possible. If you know any Hindu books other than these, please feel free to inform us about those scriptures.

Four Vedas:

Rigveda

Atharvaveda

Samveda

Yajurveda

Smritis:

Manusmriti

Narada Smriti

Brihaspati Smriti

Yajnavalkya Smriti

Vedangas (Sutras):

Shiksha (Phonetics)

Kalpa (Ritual)

Vyakarana (Grammar)

Nirukta (Etymology)

Chhandas (Metrics)

Jyotisha (Astronomy)

Brahmanas

Aranyakas

Upaniashadas

Aitareya

Chandogya

Kena

Katha

Taittiriya

Svetasvatara

Maitrayani

Isha

Brihadaranyaka

Mandukya

Mundaka

Upvedas:

Ayurveda (Medical Science)

Dhanurveda (Military Science)

Gandharvaveda (Musical Knowledge)

Shilpveda (Science of Architecture)

Bhagvadgita

18 Puranas:

Vishnupurana

Shivpurana

Skandhapurana

Varahpurana

Agnipurana

Bhagvatpurana

Bhavishyapuran

Brahmapuran

Brahmandapuran

Brahmavaivartapuran

Kurmapuran

Lingpuran

Markandeyapuran

Matsyapuran

Naradapuran

Padmapuran

Vamanapuran

Vayupuran

Up-puranas:

Sanat-Kumara

Narasimha

Brihan-Naradiya

Siva-rahasya

Durvasa

Kapila

Vamana

Bhargava

Varuna

Kalika

Samba

Nandi

Surya

Parasara

Vasishtha

Devi-Bhagvata

Ganesha

Mudgala

Hansa

Ramayana

Mahabharata

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